Liverpool City Region has pledged to become zero-carbon by 2040, building on its burgeoning low carbon sector and natural assets to make the city region a cleaner and greener place to live, work and invest.

The Liverpool City Region has already taken some substantial steps to achieve its ambition. In transport for example, some 70% of buses in the city region are lower emission, running on cleaner fuels like electricity and naturally occurring biomethane gas.

Liverpool City Region is also on the path to becoming the UK’s renewable energy coast, with one of the largest concentrations of off-shore wind turbines in the world in Liverpool Bay. The Combined Authority is also backing hydrogen as a fuel of the future, with the city region as a major centre for hydrogen recovery, distribution and use as a cleaner, greener fuel.

Already, there are 1,400 businesses and 27,000 people working in the city region’s low carbon economy.The Liverpool City Region Combined Auhtority has also set up the Mersey Tidal Commission, to look into ways of harnessing the power of the River Mersey as source of clean, renewable, predictable energy for generations to come, which will also help power the city region’s growing digital economy.

Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram, said: “The challenge of becoming a zero-carbon city region by 2040 is not an easy one. It involves substantial changes to how we generate and consume energy, and to our infrastructure and transport networks. But the benefits are far reaching for everyone who lives and works in the city region and for generations to come.

“We want to create an environment which allows our children and grandchildren to breathe fresher, cleaner air and benefiting from the jobs and skills brought by investment in a cleaner, greener economy that works for everyone who lives and works in Liverpool City Region.”